Curb Appeal Is a Must to Pull Buyers In and Keep Them Interested

BY IN Real Estate On 29-03-2013

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The last thing a seller wants to happen is for a buyer to express interest, only to drive away because the exterior does not appeal to them. Believe it or not, this happens and it happens all the time. One of the ways you can avoid losing buyer interest is to spruce up your home’s exterior by creating an inviting and interesting outdoor area that will intrigue buyers to make them want to see more. Keep in mind, that first impression tells them what they might expect in the rest of the home.

Create a Smooth Drive Up to the House

The last thing a buyer wants to see is a cracked driveway that can only indicate further maintenance issues ahead. Stains and unsightly discoloration is also a negative. Depending on the condition of your driveway, consider getting it resurfaced. It can cost about $2,000 but the return on that investment can be the difference between getting and not getting an offer on the home.

Landscaping Should Be Neatly Maintained and Inviting

It does not matter if you have a lush garden or just a few bushes and flowers – the key is that your lawn and garden space is well maintained and inviting. If your grass is not green or is uneven and ill-maintained then buyers will assume the rest of your house is in the same apparent disarray.

Make People Want to See What’s Behind the Front Door

By creating an eye-catching visual presentation in the front door and surrounding area, you will almost guarantee a buyer’s interest in seeing more. Use updated colors of the season that pop and work well with the rest of your home’s exterior. Place interesting accessories and thoughtfully arrange the front porch so that buyers can visualize living and enjoying that outdoor space.

Dust Off the Cobwebs (and Other Unsightly Messes)

Buyers’ eyes go directly to anything and everything that isn’t perfect and as a first impression you simply can’t afford to leave a less-than-perfect image of your home. So even the slightest dirt, cobwebs or mess on the outside of your home will be very noticeable and could end up in a lost sale.

Don’t Ignore the Garage Door

Too many sellers neglect to realize just how much impact their garage door has on the home’s appearance. Not only should the door be in good shape but also it should be clean and help to frame the entrance in a stylish way. It goes without saying that a garage door with dents, dings or other problems would detract from buyers’ perceived value of the home.
Once you list your home, it takes a good amount of time, energy and expense to get buyers to request to see the home. So the last thing you want to happen is for them to turn away from the home because of a negative first impression. Contact us today to learn more about how you can spruce up your home so buyers can’t wait to see more the moment they set eyes on it!


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